Ethiopia, my future!
I strongly object to exploiting pets for profitable gain. Approximately every eight seconds an animal is euthanized in a shelter because no one has adopted them. Every choice to breed or buy a pet is one more chance for a shelter animal to be adopted dashed. Please spay and neuter! http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/spay_day_usa_spotlights.html
Any type or breed of animal is available to be adopted if you truly try hard enough. http://www.petfinder.org/ is a great place to start.
A few links to share: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-elliott/rich-people-behaving-badl_b_47185.html This is a great article that speaks to some of the inequalities in our country. And this article I thought was very interesting concerning our deplorable health care system- http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/04/29/working-america-takes-on-big-pharma/
Speaking of our lousy health care system.....I waited over three months to get an appointment at the dental clinic at a hospital an hour away from us last Friday. I went in and explained that I was having alot of pain in my upper/left/sort of back tooth. After taking x rays I was told I would need a root canal costing approximately $1200.00 and no, there was no payment plan. Now keep in mind I pay $500.00 a month for our family "health plan" that does not include any dental or eye care. Yet between Fred and I we actually make too much money to qualify for any assistance type health programs. So anyway, I immediately started crying. I told them I am too young to be loosing another tooth! Never the less there was apparently no alternative and the tooth had to be yanked. I was laying with my head back and my mouth uncomfortably open, and I was sobbing. The student doctor actually told me I would need to calm down in order for him to finish. They did not have nitric oxide, just three shots of novocaine, so I could hear every sound. It was awful. A friend from Ecuador suggested we travel there and get our dentistry work done for far, far cheaper. But why? This is America right? Equal opportunity for all? Equal treatment? I think not.
"We're never so vulnerable as when we trust someone -- but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy." -Walter Anderson
Chicago's Catholic Charities to Cut Foster Care
by David Schaper
All Things Considered, April 26, 2007 · Catholic Charities in Chicago says it has to end its foster care program, which, for almost 90 years, has been one of the largest agencies placing children with foster families because of abuse or neglect.
Because of a $12 million lawsuit settlement, the Catholic social service agency can no longer get insurance for its foster care program, a problem that may be an ominous sign for child welfare agencies across the country.
Ethiopian Links: http://swerl.blogspot.com/
This is beautifully done. There are so many children suffering, it seems so overwhelming. I do believe in my heart however, that change happens one step at a time.
Watching this video makes me want to go to Ethiopia now, live there, work there and wait for our son! This video inspires me....I know my path in life includes Africa, some way, some how.
Here is a link for adoptive parents who are interested in breastfeeding. I cant wait until I have an extra hour or so to read everything! http://asklenore.com/
And this is a link for parents, especially moms, to meet on the web and share stories and frustrations or feelings in general. A meeting place on the web seems a bit strange, but these days you have to go wherever you can find the support you need. http://www.mayasmom.com/
And of course, a few quotes I love to share:
Where the Dinner Table Is an Altar of Thanks
By DANIELLE PERGAMENT
Published: March 18, 2007
Despite its lack of culinary fanfare, the capital city of Ethiopia has a rich and unexpected food culture.
When a platter of injera arrives at the table, covered in dips of fresh, locally grown vegetables and farm-raised meats, it is immediately torn apart by everyone within arm’s reach. The ritual is as much about silent gratitude for what the land has offered, as it is about digging into a great meal."
The first Waldorf kindergarten in Ethiopia is finally being realized! It is intended to restore hope
and help to overcome the horrible consequences of napalm bombing during the war. Through the initiative of Dr. Atasbaha Gebre-Selassie and Dorothea Roenpage, a
German Waldorf educator who lived in Ethiopia for many
years, a newly built kindergarten, Hiwotay Merebet,
(“protected home”) with two Ethiopian kindergarten
teachers, opened on the 1st of October 2006. They are
waiting for care and help from experienced Waldorf pedagogues from Germany. An early childhood/kindergarten
training program is developing at the same time, built up
and supported by Ethiopians and a team of project leaders from Germany.
The kindergarten is built to have six groups and to give the
children affected from war a home. The initiative group is
concerned to bring the background and possibilities of Waldorf education in line with living impulses in the Ethiopian culture.
This building initiative is led and very much supported by Dr.
Atsbaha G. Selassie. Attention is being paid that during the
construction of the kindergarten, an organic garden with
vegetables and herbs is being developed, to serve as pro-
phylaxis and support to healing of diseases and to offer a
new perspective of the work of mothers.
Project leaders are Judith Dausend, Dorothea Roenpage,
and Angelika Wagner, Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org
My mom: http://www.awsna.org/awsna-organization.html